Weather Update, Nov 18: Cyclonic storm ‘Midhili’ has weakened into a deep depression over Tripura and adjoining Bangladesh, with its center located about 50 km north-northeast of Maijdicourt (Bangladesh) and 60 km south-southeast of Agartala, as per the latest bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The system is expected to move towards north-northeast over South Assam and adjoining Mizoram and Tripura in the next six hours.
Depression (remnant of CS Midhili) over Tripura and adj Bangladesh & Mizoram moved northeastwards and weakened into a Low Pressure area over North Tripura & neighbourhood at 0830 hrs IST of 18Nov. Likely to continue moving further northeastwards and become less marked in 06 hrs. pic.twitter.com/cZJHm57pp9
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) November 18, 2023
Here are the key updates on Cyclone ‘Midhili’:
- Weakening into Deep Depression:
- Cyclonic storm ‘Midhili’ weakened into a deep depression over Tripura and adjacent areas in Bangladesh.
- Its current location is 50 km north-northeast of Maijdicourt (Bangladesh) and 60 km south-southeast of Agartala.
- Movement and Landfall:
- The cyclonic storm is anticipated to move towards north-northeast, passing over South Assam and adjoining Mizoram and Tripura.
- Earlier predictions suggested it would make landfall on the Bangladesh coast, passing by the Sunderbans.
Impact on the Northeastern States:
- Heavy Rainfall:
- The northeastern states, including Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, and Assam, experienced heavy rainfall due to the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal.
- Weather conditions are expected to persist, with the IMD forecasting continued rain on Saturday.
- Alerts and Precautionary Measures:
- District administrations and disaster management authorities in Mizoram issued alerts, urging residents to stay vigilant and take precautions against potential eventualities caused by heavy rain.
- A red alert has been issued in four districts of Tripura in anticipation of the weather conditions.
- Rainfall Forecasts:
- The IMD predicts significant rainfall in various districts of Mizoram, including Aizawl, Champhai, Kolasib, Lawngtlai, and Mamit.
- Aizawl is forecasted to receive 51 mm of rain between the mornings of November 17 and 18, with other districts expecting heavy rainfall.
Naming and Origin:
- Name ‘Midhili’:
- The cyclone was named ‘Midhili’ by the Maldives, following the rotational naming system adopted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and member countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP).
- Countries affected by cyclones in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal provide names in a sequence.
While ‘Midhili’ has weakened into a deep depression, its impact on northeastern states, particularly in terms of heavy rainfall, remains a concern. Authorities are actively alerting residents and implementing precautionary measures to mitigate potential risks associated with the weather conditions. The situation will continue to be monitored closely as the system progresses over the region.